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Jim Johnson Practice Objectives / Notes:

Minnesota Small Area Games Mid Season Practice Plan to continue Competitive Confined
2/3/2007 6:00 PM Area Development. Have two different games going on in
Page 1 of 3 both ends with two teams and then switch ends with players

1) 3 on 3 Half Ice Game DRILL OBJECTIVE: Expliot the odd man situation 6:00P - 6:15P(15) min
KEY ELEMENTS: ORGANIZATION: Half ice drill; two nets - one in the standard
Passing/Receiving position the other near the center faceoff dot. Players are divided
into two equal teams. Three players from each team start the drill.
Defensive Positioning In addition there are two players that are always on offense
(rovers) and can score on both goals. The team of three players
Communication that gains possesion of the puck can use the two roving offensive
players to help exploit the odd man situation to score. On the
Transition/ Puck support change of possesion the two offensive roving players change
direction to help exploit the odd man situation the other direction.
VARIATION:
GOALIES: Read rush, game like situation, puck carrier has several
options and is under pressure.
2) 2 on 2 Game DRILL OBJECTIVE: Offensive creativity, 3 on 2 6:15P - 6:15P(0) min
KEY ELEMENTS: ORGANIZATION: Two nets positioned at the goal line in each
Puckhandling corner of one zone. Players divided into two equal groups,
positioned at the blueline with the Coach in the middle of the ice at
Passing/ Receiving the blueline with pucks. One support player per team is positioned
on the top of the faceoff circle on their side of the ice. Two players
Proper Receiving Angle for each team start inside the zone, the Coach starts the drill by
dumping the puck in off the end boards. The team that gains
Create scoring chances control of the puck and passes to their support player who then
activates and becomes part of the game tries to score on the
Creativity opposite net a 3 on 2 situation. Once the opposing team gains
possession of the puck the support player drops out, and skates to
the top of the circle from where he started. Now the team that
gained control of the puck has to pass to their support player to
activate him into the game to create a 3 on 2 situation at the other
end.
VARIATION:
GOALIES: Read rush, game like situation, puck carrier has several
options and is under pressure.
3) 3 on 3 Designated Scorer DRILL OBJECTIVE: Support the puck to create 6:15P - 6:30P(15) min
KEY ELEMENTS: ORGANIZATION: Two teams of players positioned at the blueline
Passing/Receiving the coach in the center of the ice at the blueline with the pucks.
One net positioned at the outside of the faceoff circle on one side
Communication of the rink, the other net positioned at the other faceoff circle on the
other side. Three players from each team start in the zone, one
Give and Go passes player from each side is the designated scorer and the only player
that can shoot on net. The Coach then dumps the puck in to start
Receiver creates good the drill; both teams try to score on the opposite net, trying to setup
angle their designated scorer. The two players that are not designated
scorers have to work the puck together, protecting it, trying to get
Proper angling the puck to the designated scorer for a scoring chance. Change
players every 30-40 seconds.
VARIATION:
GOALIES: Read rush, game like situation, puck carrier has several
options and is under pressure. Shots through traffic, Game like
situation 3 on 3 Down low
4) 3 on 3 Game Rover DRILL OBJECTIVE: Transition the puck to Create 6:30P - 6:30P(0) min
KEY ELEMENTS: ORGANIZATION: Players divided into 2 teams. Positioned
Skating outside the blueline. Start with 3 players from each team in the
zone with 2 nets positioned at the side boards. Both teams have a
Communication defender, offender and a rover. The defender stays on the
defensive half of the rink. The offender stays on the offensive half
Protecting the puck of the rink. the rover can go on both halfs of the rink.
VARIATION: Can also play this game with one player being the
Create scoring chances rover going both ways but he can't shoot just has to be a passer.
GOALIES: Develop awareness to various situations. Quickness,
Give and go tight area agility, balance. Quick reaction to alot of shots.
situations
Jim Johnson Practice Objectives / Notes:
Minnesota Small Area Games Mid Season Practice Plan to continue Competitive Confined
2/3/2007 6:00 PM Area Development. Have two different games going on in
Page 2 of 3 both ends with two teams and then switch ends with players

5) 2 on 2 Activation DRILL OBJECTIVE: Read and react to different 6:30P - 6:45P(15) min
KEY ELEMENTS: ORGANIZATION: Drill begins form a 2 vs 2 cross ice format.
Passing/Receiving Each team can activate additional players by passing to the first
person in their teams line and receiving the puck back with good
Good Support option possession. Once the player on the ice in play has received the
coming to the puck pass back that player in line then activates into the play and the
next player in line gets ready as a possible outlet. There are no
Give and go plays limits to the number of players a team can build up too during their
shift.
Communication VARIATION: Each team can activate additional players by passing
twice to the first person in their teams line. Once the player in line
Quick puck movement has received two passes he then activates into the play and the
next player in line gets ready as a possible outlet.
GOALIES: Develop awareness to various situations. Quickness,
agility, balance. Quick reaction to alot of shots.
6) 3 on 2 Offensive DRILL OBJECTIVE: Offensively players work at 6:45P - 6:45P(0) min
KEY ELEMENTS: ORGANIZATION: This is a 2 on 2 confined area game. with a
Offensive support player positioned behind the net as a offensive support player that
positioning has to stay behind and can not be checked by the other players.
VARIATION:
Defensive GOALIES: Develop awareness to various situations. Quickness,
positioning/coverages agility, balance. Quick reaction to a lot of shots.
Confined space
develoment
Passing/Receiving

Shooting/Scoring
7) 3 on 2 Small Game DRILL OBJECTIVE: Create Good Scoring Chances, 6:45P - 7:00P(15) min
KEY ELEMENTS: ORGANIZATION: Position both nets in the end zone along the
Transition boards, dividing the ice into half with an imaginary line or with paint
on the ice. 3 players on each team. A puck is dumped in by the
Create odd man coach, the team that gains possession goes on the offense. One
rushes/scoring chances of the defending players cannot cross mid-ice, however, on the
change of possession his teammates can use him for a transition
Creativity break toward the other net. While the opposite team must keep on
defender on the other side of mid-ice.
Defensive Positioning VARIATION: This drill can also be a 2 on 2 to create 2 on 1's one
player has to stay on his half of the ice.
Competitive GOALIES: Read the rush, low net coverage, transition the puck,
rebound control, Game like situation
8) 3 on 3 Support DRILL OBJECTIVE: Puck movement is the emphasis 7:00P - 7:00P(0) min
KEY ELEMENTS: ORGANIZATION: The teams play 3 on 3 cross ice with the option
Passing/Receiving of using the outlet players as passing options. This in effect gives
the offensive team a 5 on 3 advantages. The outlet players can
Give and go passing move below the goal line and along the blueline. They should look
quick puck movement to return the puck to the offensive team as quickly as possible.
The outlet players are not allowed to score. and the defensive
Shooting/Scoring players cannot check or defend the outlet players.
VARIATION: To force puck movement the offensive team must
Defensive coverage make one pass to an outlet player prior to attacking the net.

Communication To force more net front confrontation the outlet players must shoot
the puck attempting to create a rebound. This allows the offense
to work on scoring in tight, creating screens and the defense to
work on net front body positioning.
GOALIES: Develop awareness to various situations. Quickness,
agility, balance. Quick reaction to alot of shots.
Jim Johnson Practice Objectives / Notes:
Minnesota Small Area Games Mid Season Practice Plan to continue Competitive Confined
2/3/2007 6:00 PM Area Development. Have two different games going on in
Page 3 of 3 both ends with two teams and then switch ends with players

9) 3 on 3 Neutral Zone Transition DRILL OBJECTIVE: To teach players to transition 7:00P - 7:10P(10) min
KEY ELEMENTS: ORGANIZATION: The nets are positioned on the bluelines, in the
Create Scoring Chances middle of the ice. Two groups of players on opposite diagonal
in small area bluelines along the boards with pucks. On the coaches whistle the
first three players in each line proceed to the neutral zone to play 3
Quick transition on 3. If the puck leaves the area of play by crossing over the white
teams blueline, the first player in line passes out a new puck to the
Puck Support white team. If the puck crosses over the dark teams blueline the
first player in the dark line passes a puck out to one of the dark
Offensive/defensive teams players to continue the drill. If a goal is scored, the scoring
awareness of the game team will receive a new puck from the first player in their line.
Each 3 on 3 game lasts approximately 45 sec. - 1 min. until a
Passing/Receiving whistle sounds a change and two new teams begin playing.
VARIATION: This drill can also be used as a two pass drill. On the
change of possesion there must be two passes made before
Taking a shot on net.
GOALIES: Game like situation, communicate with teammates,
read and react to all situations.
Post-Practice Comments: The most important thing that we as coaches can give our players is the
opportunity to build a love for the game of hockey and the freedom to be
creative. Cross-Ice or small area games are imperative to the overall
development of a player. We need to bring the elements of The Pond to our
daily indoor practices.

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